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What if the physical dynamics of gender were suddenly reversed — if women inexplicably became larger and stronger than men, without the aid of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution? It is, of course, an unlikely event — but asking experts to speculate about this thought experiment can highlight how gender dynamics are transforming in other ways in the real world, as well as revealing the things many people take for granted about the relationship between the sexes. The majority of terrestrial vertebrates, including humans, are the exception to this rule. Females grow to a certain extent and then switch to reproductive mode, investing in fat production rather than making muscle and bone. Males, meanwhile, put energy into traits that will best allow them to compete for those females — size and strength, in the case of humans. While physical differences between the genders have been narrowing — women are catching up to men in some athletic endeavours, especially ultra-events — there are still basic differences, evolved over millennia. Such changes would also necessarily be accompanied by an uptick in testosterone and other hormones. If society adhered solely to the laws of nature, then this would probably mean a shift from women to men as primary child caregivers.

The idea began on the fringes of the internet — so how has it made it all the approach to the White House? But you would be only half right. They are, literally, going their own approach. Far, far away from any women.